Caring for 

Alpacas

The tenets of the Vedic literature exort us to respect all forms of life. We are trying to implement the principle of Ahimsa (do no harm to others) here at Krishna Eco Farm. In 2016, we were offered an opportunity to take care of three Alpacas. After building a suitable environment, they came to us in October, 2017, marking the start of our project 'Ahimsa Scotland'.   

The alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid, similar to, and often confused with, llamas. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller and more friendly. Even still, the two animals are closely related. There are two breeds of alpaca: the Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca.  Our Alpacas are of Huacaya breed. They typically live in in the mountainous regions in Peru, therefore they feel at home on top of the hill at our farm. 

Alpacas are in general very organised and neat. When they defecate they usually designate one place, even if they need to walk farther away. They use a communal dung pile. Their waste can then be collected and used as garden fertiliser, which is their valuable contribution to our Eco Farm. 

Alpacas are very social beings and like to spend time with each other. Each of them have their own personality and character. 

We enjoy looking after these beautiful creatures and love caring for them. We invite you to do the same.

Meet our Alpacas below and get involved. 

Shyam
Goura
Balaram
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Name: Shyam

Sex: Male

Colour: Black

Born: August 2015

Character : He is the leader of the herd and is quite a bossy boots. He eats twice as much as the other two and will happily eat from your hand. He is not fussy and is easy to please. Being the alpha male, he naturally protects the other two if he senses some danger. 

Name: Gaura

Sex: Male

Colour: Brown

Born: March 2014

Character: Gaura has a very curious personality. He likes to check out and watch people and animals passing by. When he is being fed - he will happily allow himself to be cuddled on the neck. He is a fussy eater and given half a chance he would live on treats.

Name: Balaram

Sex: Male

Colour: White

Born: August 2015

Character: Balaram is the shy but naughty one. Sometimes he escapes to feast on the  grass which looks greener on other side of the fence and then he becomes upset as he wants to get back to be with the other two. The others often keep Balarama in the middle to give him protection. 

We would like to warmly invite you to help us to look after the Alpacas by becoming their sponsor. Your donation will cover expenses for their feed, haylage, straw to lay down, medicine, fencing, keeping shed in good condition, sheering, teeth care, clipping toe nails and harnesses to take them for walks. 

ISKCON Scotland, Karuna Bhavan, Bankhouse Road, Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML11 0HQ 

Registered Charity No. SC001127

General Enquiries: info@iskconscotland.org

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